UNITED NATIONS, May 25 (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council will vote on Thursday on a U.S. proposal to tighten sanctions on North Korea over its new ballistic missile strikes, a move it said China, will not solve any problem.
The vote comes after Pyongyang fired three ballistic missiles the day after US President Joe Biden visited Asia despite being banned by the Security Council.
The draft resolution “would further limit North Korea’s ability to advance its illegal weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, streamline sanctions enforcement, and further facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need,” a U.S. official said.
A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes from Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.
“We do not believe that a resolution such as the one proposed by the United States can solve any problem,” a spokesman for the Chinese mission to the United Nations told Reuters, adding that China had instead proposed that rather, the Council adopts a formal declaration.
(Reportage Michelle Nichols; version française Camille Raynaud)